Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Since 1968, Seva Mandir has worked with 360,000 people across 700 villages in southern Rajasthan, one of the world’s poorest regions, where people live on an average of USD 0.35 a day, to build cohesive and inclusive communities whose members are able to participate actively in the local decision-making which affects their daily lives.
Fostering democratic participation in the affairs of the community is the foundation for all of Seva Mandir’s interventions in the region and is a key element of its success in supporting deprived rural communities.
Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being, but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women’s empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise, Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact.
At Seva Mandir, very modest amounts of money go a very long way toward improving people’s lives, and our success has been recognized through a long list of awards and partnerships with distinguished funders and the Indian government.
We wish to thank you for your continued support.
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Happy Thanksgiving Day to you.
Mukesh (age 7) and Shankar (age 9) are brothers from one of the village in Udaipur. Their father had expired long back. Therefore obtaining education was a distant dream for them as they were always too busy trying to earn a living for themselves. Knowing about their condition, Seva Mandir decided to help them by enrolling them in Seva Mandir’s education centre in their village.
Their hard work has come a long way as their teacher says that they are brilliant in studies and are equally good in sports as well. According to Mukesh, he wants to study hard so that he can see himself on television one day while Shankar hopes to join army one day.
Thanks to your generous support, we have been able to help many more Mukesh and Shanker, dream big in life ….and work towards achieving it. Thank you!!
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Greetings from Seva Mandir.
In 2000, Seva Mandir launched its first Residential Learning Camp (also known as Camp) at the Kaya Training Facility, to give hundreds of out-of-school children a chance to learn and get a foothold into the mainstream education system. Many of these children are unable to go to school because they work as migrant laborers or they tend to their family farms. They come from some of the most impoverished and rural tribal communities in India. In our work area, there are many economic incentives that discourage children from enrolling in schools. The purpose of Seva Mandir’s education program is to give children access to a good quality education while also strengthening the value of education in the communities we work in.
Eight-year old Khuma was among the first students at the Camp in 2000. “While coming through the Training Centre of Seva Mandir gate for the first time I felt nervous. I wasn’t sure why I was here”, he recalled. He remembered how he overcame his initial anxiety at the 25-day camp and eventually made friends with children from other villages.
Nobody could have guessed that 13 years later Khuma would return to this center as a teacher at the Camp. He began his schooling at a Seva Mandir non-formal education center in 1998. He was then recruited to enroll in the first Camp at Kaya, which he now remembers fondly. After the camp, Khuma enrolled in a nearby government school, but maintained his connection with Seva Mandir by becoming active in the local Youth Resource Center.
As the first person in his family to receive an education, his commitment never wavered. In an area where most children never make it through primary school, Khuma, the son of a poor farmer, graduated from secondary school in 2011. He was then recruited to work at a shop in Mumbai, but feeling dissatisfied with the pace and strain of urban living, he left after two months to pursue a college education and work towards a better future.
Soon after returning from Mumbai, Khuma was approached by a Seva Mandir zone worker who asked him if he was interested in working as a teacher for Seva Mandir. When we asked him about why he took the offer he said, “I benefited a lot from Seva Mandir, I have taken [their] help every time in my life. I will never turn down any job from Seva Mandir”.
His eyes swelled then swelled with pride, “I got offers from other NGOs, but I declined them. I will only work for Seva Mandir”, he said.
At the Camp, Khuma is quite the hero. He laughed when he recounted the disbelief and astonishment when, on the first day of the camp, he revealed to all the children that he is a former Camp student himself. To these new first-generation learners, he serves as a living role model who can relate to these students better than anyone.
Khuma’s story is an example for the 10,000 first generation students in our schools, and speaks to the deeper change we are nurturing across 700 villages, including a demand for quality education and a commitment to public service.
Once again thank you so much for your continuous support to our program.
Today I want to share with you the story of Radha, a child from one of our education centre and also a video of our education program.
Radha joined Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra (Education Centre) in Basiwada hamlet in July 2008 and completed her education in July 2012. After finishing level 3 from Seva Mandir’s Shiksha Kendra with eight other girls, she was keen to join government school in class VI.
Principal of the local government school denied them admission since the education structure of the Shiksha Kendra was different from that of government. Radha and her friends wanted to continue their education so they pursued Seva Mandir staff for help and support.
Seva Mandir team led by Mr. Mangilal helped Radha and her friends with the school admission. They explained the principal that the education program of Seva Mandir is approved by Government. They also explained the Principal that as per Right to Education Act, which ‘makes provisions for a non-admitted child to be admitted to an age appropriate class,’ every school is liable to follow it.
Radha proved her talent and mantel when she stood first in class VI by scoring 60% marks.
Before joining Shiksha Kendra, Radha used to work in her family fields. Today she dreams of becoming a teacher and educate girls like herself for a bright future.
Also, here is a video link on our Education Program- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmoAGNd1lQQ
Thank you for your support.
Thank you all for your contribution to Seva Mandir's Education Programme. Your contribution enables Seva Mandir to provide quality education to many tribal children.
Here is a quick update on the the Shiksha Kendra programme.
Currently there are 175 Shiksha Kendras catering to more than 6000 children of which 44% are girls. Seva Mandir continues to push for girl education and the case study below is an example of this.
Meena and Seva Mandir's struggle
Meena Kumari (name changed to maintain privacy of person) 13 years of age, belongs to a poor family that mostly depends on wages for household income. However, her strong will to study is what has kept her moving forward in life.
It was in 2012, that Seva Mandir first came in contact with Meena’s family. Meena’s three elder sisters and her, never had an opportunity to go to school as their parents were never convinced as to how it would help them in the future.
Seva Mandir officials had to try hard, to convince the parents to send their daughters to school . The biggest challenge was to make their mother understand the importance of Seva Mandir‘s Shiksha Kendras .
The parents were also told that the basic stationary such as bags, notebooks and pencils, would all be provided by the Shiksha Kenra. However, the parents were still extremely reluctant to send their children to school.
Following several discussions, the parents said that they were ready to send their three girls to school provided that Meena, the youngest sibling, would stay at home and do all the household chores. Hearing this, Meena started crying as she too wanted to go to school.
Further negotiations took place with the parents and after several efforts being put in, it was decided that the four girls would go to school and that Seva Mandir would help with the cost of sending Meena to school.
Menna is currently in 3rd grade and now she can read and write as well as do simple mathematical calculations.“ I have come a long way”, she says when asked about her journey.
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